The first thing you need to do when thinking of creating a website is to secure the domain name you have in mind. Unsure how to get a domain name or what it is? This page will help.
A domain name is your address on the web. It's the address that customers or visitors type in to the address bar to find your website. It's what comes after the www. in www.yourdomain.com. The domain name for this site is helpvid.net. A domain name can be any combination of letters and/or numbers up to 63 characters. The official domain name extensions are .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .co.uk and the list goes on. The .com is by far the most recognised extension, especially to the inexperienced visitor. Studies have shown the average user will always type in .com before any other, so if your business is not already established .com would be a good idea.
Here is some information and tips to help you select the best domain name for you: Keep it short. The shorter, the better. It’s a good idea to keep your domain name less than 12 characters if possible. A shorter domain name is easier for people to remember and it also reduces the likelihood that your visitor will spell it wrong. For example, helpvid.ned has much less chance of someone making a typo, and is much easier to remember than freevideotutorials.net.
The more catchy the name, the easier it is for people to remember. You can have the best site in the world, but if people can’t remember your domain name chances are they will not return. The hardest thing by far on the internet is driving traffic to your site (spreading the word), so the last thing you want is to lose those who do find your website.
Choose a name that best matches what you offer, don’t Just choose a name because you think it sounds good. Having a name relative to your content will help with your SEO (Search Engine Optimization). So try and find a happy medium between something SEO friendly and something memorable, I would focus on the later.
In most cases we all have a web domain name in mind for our site before we create our first page, and we all want to check and see if the name is available before we are ready to purchase. This makes sense as our header, footer and many other parts of our site will contain this name, so we don’t want to begin till we know for sure the name is available. Here’s the thing, there are company’s out there (I call them bottom feeders), they monitor these Domain name searches and when an interest is shown in a certain name so many times, they snap it up. Next time you go and have a look you will realize the name is no longer available. However there will be a notice telling you if interested the Domain is for sale by a third party, and when you enquire the cost has increased ten fold.
Do not go to these Domain searches; simply type your desired Domain straight into the browser, this will tell you if the Domain is being used. Yes you may want to know the cost and the only way to figure this out is to indeed do a Domain search. I can only advise that you go with a view to buy, remember most Domain names are very cheap. Even if you are not at the launching your web site stage as yet I would still advise you buy, then you can continuewith the construction of your web site knowing your Domain is secure.